A Very Different NaNoWriMo So Far

2009 NaNoWriMo Participant It has been an interesting week.

Over the weekend, I developed a prolapsed disc in my back. I won’t go into the details of the pain that came with that development, but the long and short of it was that I haven’t been able to sit up to type. In November. You can see how this would be a problem for me, especially if you’ve read my last five posts.

For the first couple of days, I just kept telling myself that I could still catch up, that within a few days, I should be able to sit up, and everything would be OK. However, I began to realize that the further I fell behind, the harder it would be to ever catch up in time if I didn’t get started soon. It became evident that sitting up for extended periods was not going to be in my immediate future.

However, it did occur to me that I might be able to use some kind of speech or voice recognition software. I quickly found out that Microsoft Word comes equipped with such a program. Now, I admit that I am not a big fan of MS Word, but in this case it has come to my rescue. I was able to set it up easily and quickly, and get to work on my novel.

While I’m not quite caught up to my word count yet, I’m well on the way, and not falling any further behind. It’s an interesting experience. I would have expected to to write more quickly this way, but even discounting the time it takes to correct mistakes, I find I work more slowly out loud. It clearly takes more time to construct phrases to speak, than it does to construct phrases to type. I find this quite fascinating. I wonder if this will mean a cleaner, crisper, first draft than I would have had otherwise.

I guess I should go and get back to work since I still have some catching up to do. As a matter of interest, I dictated this post, as well. I don’t think I would choose to work this way given an alternative, but for now it is keeping me from going absolutely crazy!

Thanks, Tor.com!
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